Recently, a lot of my nearest and dearest have been picking my brains on where to go in the backpacker haven of Thailand.
Although this country is only a small slice of Asia, it is jam-packed with exciting things to see and do. From culture, wildlife, tribes and temples in the North to tans, parties, buckets and beaches in the South, it’s no surprise that choosing where to spend most of your time is a tricky task… especially when you don’t have much time to spare.
Therefore, to get you started, here is my guide to some (they’re all amazing!) of the best islands in Thailand:
Situated on the East coast of Thailand, Koh Phangan is notorious for its infamous Full Moon Parties. Brimming with booze, backpackers and bonanza, by night, Koh Phangan lights up with the buzz of travellers in search of the bright nightlife at Haad Rin beach. Fluorescent neon paint, thrill-seeking fire dancers, crazy pool parties, blaring music… Koh Phangan is complete and utter carnage!
However, if the partying scene isn’t up your street, don’t overlook this island straight away. Offering some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Koh Phangan’s exuberant nature and scenery are definitely still worth a visit.
– Going to a pool party at Coral Bungalows
– The Full Moon Party
– Unfortunately, it rained most of the time I was on Koh Phangan therefore, I didn’t get a chance to explore it as much as I’d hoped.
Floating around a 1 1/2 hour boat journey North of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao is the go to island, to recover from the damage done by its rowdy neighbour. Renowned for its cheap PADI diving courses and zen atmosphere, Koh Tao is a peaceful bubble of bliss.
Kick back on a beach bean bag, listen to the reggae music float from beach bar to bar, as the sea laps against the sand, and count your lucky stars you’re there… you will never want to leave.
– Going diving for the first time
– Relaxing on the beach bean bags
– Watching the sunset
Situated around a two-hour boat journey from Phi Phi, Koh Lanta is a hub of tranquility.
Sprinkled with cute, idyllic beach huts and uncrowded beaches, Koh Lanta is the perfect island to spend your days relaxing on the beach with a good book and your evenings sipping on an ice-cold beer whilst delving into a freshly caught fish.
However, if you’re looking to be more Dora the Explorer than Sid the Sloth, rent a jeep or moped and explore the untouched jungle covered hills and mountains, which run through the island. Just be warned… power steering is a luxury in Thailand…
– Eating fresh fish in a beach front restaurant
– Renting a jeep
– Watching the sunset at Noon Sunset Viewpoint Restaurant (a must whilst on the island)
Koh Phi Phi
This is the island, which I tell every backpacker who is heading to Thailand to go to – it is paradise… and this isn’t just because Phi Phi is where I first set eyes on a turtle in the wild (woooo)…
With its colourful sea life, clear, turquoise waters, limestone cliffs and lively beach parties, Phi Phi is Koh Phangan’s not so wild, baby sister.
– Indulging in a fresh fruit smoothie from one of the street stalls every morning
– Kayaking to Monkey Beach
– Going snorkeling (Phi Phi was the best place I snorkeled during my gap year… including The Whitsundays in Oz!)
– Visiting the Phi Phi viewpoint
– Drinking buckets and partying at the beach bars/clubs